The Democrats’ War on Women
Democrats are scrambling to raise emotionally-laden issues this year in order to trick voters into supporting Obama’s reelection. Since they know they cannot win through an honest dialogue on the issues, they have resorted to appealing to people’s emotions in order to sway them. Democrats used race-baiting to create outrage over the Trayvon Martin shooting. They hope to make people feel guilty about the shooting, regardless of how farfetched their version of the incident is, so voters will choose to vote for Obama to assuage their consciences.
A second emotional ploy the left launched this year is fabricating a “War on Women” in order to stir up emotions about misogyny.” Although we live in the most liberated country in the world, where 98% of American women have used birth control, and 1.3 million abortions occur annually, Democrats claim Republicans are waging a War on Women accessing these services. This could not be further from the truth. Women already have access to free or very low cost birth control. Planned Parenthood provides birth control free to low-income women, and Wal-Mart and Target: offer: birth control for $4/month. The left hyped up Georgetown Law School student Sandra Fluke’s testimony to Congress, where she complained that the Catholic-affiliated university did not offer birth control, forcing her to spend over $3000 out of pocket to afford it. Her testimony was such a farce that she has been ridiculed endlessly ever since.
Far left Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) identified the Blunt Amendment as part of the right’s War on Women. He called it a “horrendous amendment” and declared, “We are not going back to the days when women could not have full access to birth control. “ What does the Blunt Amendment actually do? It allows employers and insurance companies to refuse to provide contraceptives if they have a moral objection. The Catholic Church opposes the use of birth control, so many organizations affiliated with the Catholic Church, such as Georgetown University, do not want to be required to provide it. The ramifications of this amendment would be that any woman affected would need to go to Wal-Mart and pay $4/month instead for birth control, or to clinics like Planned Parenthood where they could obtain it for free if they were poor. Since this is already as cheap as getting it through an insurance company or employer, there is virtually no difference. The same goes for other health services such as HIV/AIDS screenings and prenatal care for single mothers, which can all be obtained free or at low cost from women’s clinics. Sanders’ claim that the Blunt Amendment would eliminate women’s full access to birth control is false and meant to stir up emotions.
The left insists that this insignificant difference is a “War on Women” that must be stopped by infringing upon the religious freedom of others. The left has wasted hundreds of thousands of dollars of our money fighting the Blunt Amendment in Congress this year to make sure employers and insurance companies are continued to be forced to provide contraception.
Republican-led legislation to stop taxpayer funding to Planned Parenthood is also labeled as a War on Women. The truth is there are plenty of other low-income clinics that receive government funding available to women. Planned Parenthood’s primary business is providing abortions; it is the biggest abortion provider in the country. The Hyde Amendment prohibits federal funds from being used for abortions. Women do not need Planned Parenthood for their healthcare. Planned Parenthood does not even provide mammograms, but refers women elsewhere, since its actual business is abortions.
The real War on Women is coming from Democrats against conservative women and unborn women. More unborn girls are aborted every year than boys. Conservative women are under attack by the left for making lifestyle decisions the left does not approve of. Mitt Romney’s college-educated wife Ann was ridiculed by left wing talking head Hilary Rosen for being a stay-at-home mom. “What you have,” she said on Anderson Cooper 360, “is Mitt Romney running around the country saying: ‘Well, you know, my wife tells me that what women really care about are economic issues. And when I listen to my wife, that’s what I’m hearing.’ Guess what? His wife has actually never worked a day in her life. She’s never really dealt with the kinds of economic issues that a majority of the women in this country are facing in terms of, how do we feed our kids, how do we send them to school, and how do we — why we worry about their future.” This is the same kind of attack Democrats have been making towards conservative women for years. In 1992, Hillary Clinton condescendingly said about women who stay at home, “I suppose I could have stayed home and baked cookies and had teas, but what I decided to do was to fulfill my profession which I entered before my husband was in public life.”
Women’s rights used to be about the right to work in a chosen profession or stay at home. Now the left has reversed it into criticizing women who choose to stay at home, suddenly deciding that the choice is misogynist. The left’s turnabout on women’s rights, also responsible for normalizing abortion, has resulted in an even more atrocious War against Women. China’s “one-child policy”: penalizes: pregnancy with forced abortions and sterilizations, as more girl babies are aborted than boys. Former mothers are committing suicide after being forced to abort their babies. But the left would rather make up stories about Republicans discriminating against women than focus on the worst wars against women taking place overseas.
Historically, Republicans: fought: for women’s rights, not Democrats. Over Democrat opposition, Republicans got the 19th Amendment passed, giving women the right to vote. So it comes as no surprise that Democrats are still waging a War on Women. The only difference is that in today’s era they have decided that not all women are created equal; some must be treated worse than others.
Rachel Alexander is the editor of Intellectual Conservative. She is a senior editor at The Stream, and is a regular contributor to Townhall, the Selous Foundation for Public Policy Research, and The Christian Post, and provides weekend news items for Right Wing News. She frequently appears on TV and news radio as a conservative commentator. She is a recovering attorney and former gun magazine editor. She previously served as a former Assistant Attorney General for the State of Arizona, corporate attorney for Go Daddy Software, and Special Assistant/Deputy County Attorney for the Maricopa County Attorney's Office. She was ranked by Right Wing News as one of the 50 Best Conservative Columnists from 2011-2015.